first_imgTrickery: Spying, number switches by Sweden and South Korea Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ But there was some uncertainty surrounding the Ticos after a pair of friendly losses heading into the World Cup, including a 4-1 rout by Belgium a week ago.Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic, who replaced Slavoljub Muslin last year, put together a veteran defense with Kolarov, who plays for Roma, and former Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic. Also included were Manchester United midfielder Matic, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who had an apparent falling out with Muslin but was brought to Russia by Krstajic.The opening half between Costa Rica and Serbia was back and forth from the start: Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header missed the target in the opening minute and moments later Marco Urena’s angled shot for Costa Rica was saved in the left corner by Vladimir Stojkovic.Ivanovic made his record 104th appearance for the national team, surpassing Dejan Stankovic’s mark. The 34-year-old Ivanovic had matched Stankovic’s record last Saturday in a 5-1 friendly win over Bolivia. Stankovic, known as “Deki,” played for the national team from 1998-2013, through three different eras: Yugoslavia, Serbia-Montenegro and finally Serbia.Ivanovic currently plays for Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg, but he’s best known for his time at Chelsea (2008-17).ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIEScenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov celebrates scoring the opening goal during the group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)SAMARA, Russia — Aleksandar Kolarov scored from a left-footed free kick in the 56th minute and Serbia opened its World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday.After David Guzman was handed a yellow card, Kolarov curled the ensuing free kick over the wall. Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who plays for Real Madrid, couldn’t reach it.ADVERTISEMENT Costa Rica defender Ronald Matarrita was ruled out of the World Cup earlier this week because of a right hamstring injury. He was replaced on the roster by Kenner Gutierrez.GROUP DYNAMICSCosta Rica advanced out of the group stage in Brazil with victories over Uruguay and Italy and a draw with England, but the country’s players insisted in the run-up to Sunday’s game that this team should not be judged on the past.“There’s always a lot of talk about four years ago, but this is a new World Cup, a new history,” Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzales said. “Some of us are repeating, but there are teammates who are playing their first World Cup. We know the eyes of the world are on us.”Costa Rica will next face Brazil on Friday in St. Petersburg, while Serbia plays Switzerland on Friday in Kaliningrad.KEYS TO SUCCESSMilinkovic-Savic gave Navas a workout in the first half, and while he didn’t score, he is clearly a potent weapon for Serbia.He challenged Navas in the 27th minute from just outside the box, but Navas fell on the ball. Navas also stopped Milinkovic-Savic’s bicycle kick in front of goal in the 42nd minute, but it was ruled offside.Currently with Italian club Lazio, rumors have swirled that Manchester United might be interested in the dynamic 23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic. View comments Serbia, which missed out on the 2014 tournament, had the early advantage in a tough group that includes five-time champion Brazil and Switzerland.After a scoreless first half, Navas fought off a barrage of challenges to open the second with the boisterous Costa Rican fans cheering him on at Samara Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe final moments of the match were marked by a squabble on the sidelines as Nemanja Matic got into a tussle with a Costa Rican coach. Players from both teams rushed toward the scrum but it was quickly diffused.The Ticos were the surprise of the last World Cup, sweeping through to the quarterfinals in Brazil before being ousted by the Netherlands on penalties. It was the furthest the small Central American nation had advanced in soccer’s premier tournament. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

first_imgPolice in D Division (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) are currently investigating the circumstances under which a Route 32 minibus, travelling toThe remains of the burnt busVreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, crashed and caught fire.According to reports, the minibus crashed into a utility pole in Hague, at approximately 14:00h, before bursting into flames injuring the driver and other occupants in the process.The incident was confirmed by Traffic Chief Linden Isles, who added that no fatalities were recorded. Isles, however, informed that a few occupants were rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital for medical treatment.last_img

first_imgBrendan Rodgers insists he is not worried about losing his job as Liverpool manager.The Northern Irishman has seen his future at the club called into question in recent weeks after a stuttering start to the season.Defeat to Merseyside rivals Everton on Sunday would make his position even more unstable, but Rodgers maintains he is not feeling the heat ahead of the trip to Goodison Park.“I am not looking for any reassurances (from owners Fenway Sports Group),” he said.“It is not something I am seeking or am worried about. I will always work with the players and the situation I am in.”He added: “I’ve always been clear as the manager, you will always have critics and of course if you are not winning games convincingly sometimes those critics can increase.“I respect and understand that (booing) – they all want to win as much as we want to win and there was probably a bit of frustration.“That is something you have to take on the chin as a coach and as players.“But I also know there is a great level of support out there. It is about perspective; there is a lot of focus on these players who I think are dealing with it very well.“Perspective keeps us calms and hopefully allows us to progress.”Liverpool are a point behind Everton heading into this weekend’s meeting, and have won just once in five Premier League games.But Rodgers is confident he will turn their fortunes around and turn them into top four challengers, adding: “It is still very early on in the season and we are making progress as we go along and we have some outstanding players to come back into the reckoning.“When we get those back we know we have a squad to challenge.“(Everton) are a point ahead of us and have had a good start and we’ve had a disaster! We are only a couple of points from where we want to be in the top four.” Brendan Rodgers 1last_img read more

first_imgIn recent years, enrollment in the Los Angeles Unified School District has plummeted further than anyone had anticipated, leaving the LAUSD with 20,258 empty seats and 109 teaching jobs to eliminate. When one looks at the booming housing market in Southern California or the congestion on L.A. freeways, one has to wonder: Where have all the students gone? Parents are leaving neighborhood schools in favor of home schooling or charter schools. This year, 29,174 students attend charter schools within the LAUSD, an increase of more than 5,000 students from 2004. Why are some parents abandoning traditional public schools? Many believe that traditional public schools do not provide their children with a quality education and that, by either home schooling or a charter school, their child will receive a better education than their local school can provide. When I was an elementary school principal, two concerns most commonly voiced by parents were that school wasn’t as enjoyable for their children as they remembered its being for them and that their children became visibly stressed during test time. In truth, these concerns are valid. Many principals, fearing their school may be labeled “underperforming,” demand that teachers eliminate anything from their instruction – such as art, music, gym, field trips, etc. – that does not appear on the state tests. What would happen if the PTA went before the school board and demanded that, instead of using tax dollars to purchase test-preparation materials, the district should invest in science, music or art programs? What if parents insisted that failure to do so would result in parents’ keeping their children home on test day? You would quickly see school districts scrambling to provide a rich curriculum instead of the malnourished one that so many American schoolchildren receive today. You might also find student enrollment increasing as parents return their children from the charter schools to their neighborhood schools. Such reform would not require a referendum, a recall election or a change in teacher-tenure laws – just 6 percent who have courage and vision to stand up and demand that their children receive an education that truly leaves no child behind. David McCabe is the coordinator of teacher education at Pasadena City College.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Additionally, many districts administer trimester assessments to students that mirror the content found on the state tests. With such an emphasis on testing, students can expect to spend 20 to 40 days each year taking tests. It is little wonder that parents see their children becoming anxious about school and dispassionate about learning. For many parents, this approach is too narrow, and the choice for them seems simple: keep their children in public schools and deprive them of a well-rounded education or abandon the system and pursue a better education elsewhere for their children. The problem with this either-or approach is that parents fail to see the immense power they hold to create change. Parents should ask themselves: What could my child learn if teachers were allowed to teach students during those 20 to 40 days instead of testing them? According to federal law, schools must test 95 percent of their student population. What many parents do not know is that they can opt out of testing simply by submitting a written request to the principal. Most school districts do not make this information public because if more than 5 percent of their students are not tested, their test scores will be invalidated, and the district may lose funding. What would happen if parents who were unhappy with the quality of education their child was receiving did not withdraw their child from school but instead went to their principal and said, “If you do not provide my child with a curriculum that includes art, science and music, I will not let you test my child in the spring”? last_img read more

first_img Live Stats Thursday’s game features two of the top teams in the country in assists per game. The Hawkeyes are No. 1 at 23.8 per game while the Bulldogs rank fourth at 22.5. In Drake’s last game against South Dakota State, the team recorded an impressive 26 assists on 27 field goals. In the MVC, the Bulldogs are the only squad to have four players rank in the top 15 assists leaders. Story Links Live Audio BTNPlus Following Thursday’s road game, the Bulldogs open their Missouri Valley Conference schedule at home against new league member, Valparaiso, on Dec. 29. Tipoff against the Crusaders is set for 7 p.m. Print Friendly Version IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team closes its non-conference slate Thursday night when it visits No. 25/25 Iowa. Tipoff at Carver Hawkeye Arena is set for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on BTN Plus and FloHoops. Drake’s (5-6) non-conference schedule is one of the toughest in the nation and it does not get easier against Iowa (11-1). As of Wednesday, Dec. 20, the overall record of the Bulldogs’ non-conference opponents excluding Mississippi Valley State (0-9) and the program’s annual kids game opponent in 2017, Iowa Wesleyan (1-10), of Division III, is 79-30. FloHoops Iowa is led by Megan Gustafson, who is among the nation’s leaders in scoring with 21.8 and rebounding with 12.3 per game. Drake, which snapped a 14-game losing streak to Iowa last season with an 81-76 victory at the Knapp Center, will look for its first win at Carver since 2001. Drake Game Notes last_img read more

first_imgThe case was heard at Letterkenny Circuit Court.A Judge has said he could not send a man to prison after he admitted shaking his baby daughter causing her brain damage and cracking her ribs.Shane McCahill, 21, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court and admitted three counts of assault causing harm to the baby. McCahill, of Ramelton, shook the baby girl on three occasions, twice with his hands and once in her pram.Investigating Garda Joe McManus said the accused was babysitting the child on May 19th, 2011 when she took ill.The man placed the baby on the sofa and she was sleeping but she began to suffer convulsions.He called an ambulance and they were rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital.The child was later transferred to Temple Street Children’s Hospital where older injuries were noted.Members of social services along with doctors carried out examinations and decided that the injuries were none accidental.The father of the child then made an admission that he shook the little girl on three separate occasions because he could not get her to stop crying.The man was arrested, made the admissions and has since received full psychiatric evaluation and counseling.The court also heard how the man rarely goes out and has also tried to take his own life.The court heard how the child’s parents had been in a relationship since they were just fifteen years old but they had split up before the injuries were caused to the child.Despite the split, the man still had a very active part in the child’s upbringing and regularly babysat for the child’s mother.Judge John O’Hagan, who gave an order that the accused could be named but that the names of his former partner or their child could not, invited the injured child’s mother to give evidence.He asked her if he thought her former boyfriend meant to hurt their daughter.The woman replied that she honestly couldn’t say.The judge then asked if he thought an occasion will ever arise when the man will be able to see his daughter unsupervised?Again the woman said she did not know but said he did now have supervised access when the little girl stayed with his parents at weekends from Friday night until Sunday night.The accused sat face down with his hands in his head throughout the case while his former partner sobbed at times on the other side of the courtroom.Barrister for the accused, Ms Charlotte Simpson, instructed by Frank Dorrian solicitor, said the accused felt sick and ashamed of what he had done and would have to live with it for the rest of his life.She said the case was unique and that the accused was and still is a good father.She added that the little girl’s dad was still her hero and she ran to him every weekend and hugged him every time he stayed with her.Judge John O’Hagan said that having heard all the evidence he said there was no way he was imposing a custodial sentence.He referred to the lack of intent, the reports which suggest he is unlikely to offend again and also his good relationship with his little girl.“This is a very emotional case. It’s a tragic case of a dad who lost it.“He was faced with a situation of a little girl crying and he couldn’t do anything to stop it. He picked her up twice and shook her but of course that didn’t keep her quiet. He’s 21. What experience of fatherhood does a person have of that age? I don’t know. It’s very stressful for anyone.“I’m sure he had no idea what he was doing but the consequences are rather serious. A nine week old baby is like putty and this happened. I have no doubt he did not intend this to happen.“The upset and crying of the baby was driving him mad. I know now that he knows it was the wrong thing to do but I don’t think he will ever do it again,” he said.The judge added that the man will have to live with the social stigma of what happened and knowing everyday that he caused these injuries to his little girl.He referred to the psychiatric report which showed a lack of intent in the incidents by the accused.Judge O’Hagan said he also perhaps faced the situation of one day having to tell his daughter what he did to her.“How would you explain to the little girl where daddy had gone – daddy has gone to prison for 12 months for shaking you when you were crying,” he said.He sentenced the man to one year in prison on each charge to run concurrently but ordered that he jail sentence be replaced by 150 hours community service.The accused sat in court crying comforted by his mother and father while the child’s mother was consoled by two female friends.MAN WHO SHOOK HIS BABY CAUSING HER BRAIN DAMAGE AVOIDS JAIL was last modified: November 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultbabybarrister Charlotte SimpsonharmJUdge John O’HaganRameltonShaun McCahilllast_img read more

first_imgDOWNINGS Coast Guard volunteers and local people have been praised after the dramatic rescue of six cattle which ended up fighting for their lives in the River Lennon.The incident happened when the cows escaped from a field just outside Kilmacrennan.Farmer Lester Dobson and neighbours called in the coast guard team after a series of bizarre incidents led to the cattle running into the river. Earlier the cattle – in a distressed state – had been loose on the Churchill Road.It’s understood the animals escaped from a field after being frightened by a dog.Thanks to the coast guard volunteers all the animals were rescued safely and returned to pasture.  COAST GUARD CALLED IN DRAMATIC CATTLE RESCUE was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgIt’s National Fire Safety Week, and to mark the week Fire Service personnel from across the country have been raising awareness for how you can protect yourself and your family.National Fire Safety Week is run jointly with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and is about enhancing fire safety, particularly in the home.Dermot Brady Acting Chief Fire Officer Co. Donegal right and firefighter Kevin Boylan pictured with children from The Gesalscoill in Letterkenny on their visit to Letterkenny Fire Station on Safety Week Week. Included is Teacher Sheila, Principal Colm Breathnach Station Officer Marty Bond, firefighters Robert Stewart and Michael Purtill. Photo Brian McDaidErin Duffy winner of the poster competition for Fire Safety Week. pictured with Glen Hamilton Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer. Erin is pictured with teachers from the Gealscoil her school mates at Donegal Fire Head Quarters in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidLetterkenny Fire Station hosted local children who were taught about the dangers of fire, and were given a demonstration of how dangerous a chip-pan fire can be. The demonstration of a chip pan set up at Letterkenny Fire Station at full temperature before water added.Firefighter Kevin Boylan then demonstrates the difference when the smallest amount of water is add to a boiling chip pan in a controlled safety procedure.The Fire is now the high of a normal Kitchen ceiling as it hit the top of the demonstration unit.This half cup of water has produced this ball of fore now from the chip pan as Firefighter Kevin Boylan take cover as the heat and flames grows.The flames are between 15 and 20 feet high all from a half cup of water add to a boiling chip pan which was added in a controls environment by firefighter Kevin Boylan. Photo Brian McDaidThis year’s theme is “STOP Fire – Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”.STOP stands for:Smoke alarms: Make sure you have at least one on every floor.Test your smoke alarms weekly: Test your smoke alarm weekly, or ask someone to check it for you.Obvious dangers: Look for fire risks like overloaded sockets, candles and unattended appliances.Plan your escape route: Keep access routes clear and have your keys at the ready.Fit smoke alarms today and make sure they are in good working order. Working smoke alarms will warn you if there is a fire. Remember, your sense of smell does not work when you are asleep and smoke can put you in a deeper sleep.Fire Fighter Kevin Boylan show how a fire blanket of a wet dishcloth can starve a fire of Oxygen.If someone in the home is deaf, or has impaired hearing, they may not hear an audible warning from a smoke alarm, e.g. if not wearing a hearing aid at night. There are smoke alarm systems on the market that use strobe lights or vibrating pads to give alert of danger from fire. These offer improved warning for people who may have difficulty hearing a smoke alarm with audible warning. Smoke alarms may be tested by pressing the test button with the handle tip of a floor brush.Replace the batteries when they are not working and once a year in standard alarms, or as soon as you hear the warning beep.If you have 10 year smoke alarms, you need to replace the whole alarm after 10 years.Get at least one smoke alarm for each floor in the home. Fit them between the sleeping areas and the kitchen & living rooms – one in the hallway at ground floor, and one at each upper level, in the landing. For an enhanced level of protection, consideration may also be given to fitting alarms in living rooms and kitchen, in bedrooms used by vulnerable people, or in bedrooms where there is a television or large electrical appliance (such as a computer). (Heat alarms may be considered where fumes from cooking or smoke from cigarettes or open fires could lead to unwanted alarms.)Position smoke alarms at ceiling level in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. Vacuum the smoke alarms regularly and wipe the cover. If they get clogged with dust they may not work properly.All of these tips; performing a Routine Fire Safety Check, should only take a couple of minutes but it could mean the difference between Life and Death.National Fire Safety Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 8, 1871. The former American President, Calvin Coolidge, proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week in 1925 in memory of those who perished in that Fire. Since then, in early October, it has been observed each year in countries around the world.Many years on, the message regarding fire prevention and fire safety is as relevant today as it ever was. Photography: Brian McDaid.In Pictures: Fire Safety Week promoted with astonishing demonstration was last modified: October 7th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennynational fire safety weeklast_img read more

first_imgGeorge Groves believes he is on the verge of a world title shot following Saturday’s impressive victory at the O2 Arena.Groves’ fifth-round demolition of Noe Gonzalez maintained the Hammersmith super-middleweight’s unbeaten record in fine style.And it kept him on course for a world title challenge later this year, with IBF champion Carl Froch and WBO title holder Robert Stieglitz among those touted as possible opponents despite Groves’ relative inexperience.“People like Carl Froch are world champions and have been world champions for a long time so I understand why people think that I’m not quite there,” said Groves.“But I’m ranked number one with WBO, number two with WBA, number three with WBC so there aren’t that many guys in front of me and when they do put guys in front of me, I put them asleep.” See also:Booth rules out Groves-Magee encounterDeGale wants Groves clash at Loftus RoadFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgChris Martin is set to return to the Fulham squad for Saturday’s game with Barnsley.The Scotland striker had been left out of the last three squads after telling Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic he wanted to return to parent club Derby.However, Fulham refused to terminate the loan deal and there was no clause allowing the Rams to recall Martin.Derby have since signed David Nugent from Leicester, although their manager Steve McClaren insisted that had not changed their stance on wanting Martin back.However, Jokanovic has declared that Martin is fit and available to face Barnsley.Centre-backs Tomas Kalas and Michael Madl have also recovered from injury, so Fulham’s only absentees are Floyd Ayite and Neeskens Kebano, who are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more